Setouchi Triennale 2019 is an international art fair that takes place every 3 years on 12 different islands and 2 sea ports in Setouchi region.
This art fair started in 2010, and this year, Setouchi Triennale 2019 is opening its 4th door to both domestic and international visitors to the beautiful archipelago of Setouchi.
The last fair, in 2016, attracted 1.07 millions visitors.
Islands hopping and bumping into some art Installations
The art festival’s venues span 12 islands and 2 sea ports through three seasons: spring, Summer and Autumn.
・Spring exhibition is between 26th of April and 26th of May.
・Summer exhibition is between 19th of July and 25th of August.
・Autumn Exhibition is between 28th go September and 4th of November.
During the festival, you can hop from one island to another whilst you explore art installations and the characteristics of each island.
The best part of this art fair is that you can also enjoy local delicacy and fresh produce.
For example, fresh sea foods caught in the Seto Inland Sea, Sanuki Udon, olive oil. Beautiful nature and a peaceful ocean of inland sea, and the unparalleled sunset over the Seto Inland Sea.
The list goes on and on endlessly.
Here are all the names/venues of the 12 islands and 2 sea ports.
The islands are divided into two categories: East and West
Ogijima（男木島）. Megijima（女木島）. Shodoshima（小豆島）. Naoshima（直島）. Teshima（豊島）. Oshima（大島）. Inujima（犬島）.
Shamijima(only Spring), Honjima(only Autumn), Takamijima(Only Autumn), Awashima(Only Autumn), Ibukijima.
Most of western islands will hold their events only in one specific season. For example, Shamijima is open only in the spring session.
Two Sea Ports in Kagawa and Okayama
Some art installations are seen around Takamatsu Port in Kagawa and Uno Port in Okayama.
Takamatsu port is the hub to hop eastern islands, and Uno port is the closest port to Naoshima island, only 20 minutes by ferry.
Feel like taking a dip in an open air Onsen?
If you are in Uno Port and feel like bathing in open air onsen – hot spring overlooking the Seto Inland sea, Tamanoyu Onsen is strongly recommended.
It’s only a 10 minute walk from the Uno Port.
3 season passport or 1 season ticket?
One season ticket is 4000 Yen. 3 season passport is 4800 yen.
If you wanna visit multiple islands and see multiple installation over 3 seasons, it would be wiser to buy the 3 season passport.
But I guess, most of people come only once during Setouchi Triennale 2019. It would be more reasonable to buy one season ticket if you don’t visit Setouchi Triennale more than one season.
Both the passport and one season ticket will allow you to enter each art facility and installations once.
Tickets for Chichu Museusm or Teshima Museum are not included
3 season passport or 1 season passport doesn’t include tickets for Chichu museum and Teshima museum.
For Chichu Museum, you have to book a ticket for in advance.
3 Day Free Ferry Pass helps you save time and money
With a 3 day free ferry pass, you can board any ferry on 8 routes for most eastern islands as often as you want, for 3 straight days only at 2500 Yen, excluding ones to Oshima（大島） and Inujima（犬島）.
The Best Hotels for Setouchi Triennale 2019 in Kagawa
If you are in Kagawa for Setouchi Triennale 2019, I’d definitely recommend you to stay at hotels near Takamatsu port and JR Takamatsu Station.
If you want to visit western islands, you can hop on a JR Train west-bound and then go to each port to different islands.
Recommended Hotel 1: JR Clement Inn Takamatsu
If you are on a limited budget, this hotel offers some reasonable options.
The hotel is within 3 minutes walk from both Takamatsu Port and JR Takamatsu Station. You have many restaurants and supermarkets within 3 minute walk.
Recommended Hotel 2: JR Hotel Clement Takamatsu
If you are after a high standard hotel, JR Hotel Clement Takamatsu is one of the rare 4 star hotels in Takamatsu.
This hotel is a sister hotel of JR Clement Inn Takamatsu. The right talker hotel is JR Clement Inn Takamatsu and the left pointed one is JR Clement Takamatsu in the picture above.
JR Hotel Clement Takamatsu is also located 3-5minutes walk between JR Takamatsu station and Takamatsu port.
I will add more hotels, infos and my personal reviews on Setouchi Triennale 2019 when it starts after 26th of April.
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